Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Holding the camera, part of Nikon D5100 Essential Training.
I suppose there's really no wrong way to hold a camera, but there are definitely…better ways to hold a camera.…Proper camera handling will allow you to shoot more stable footage,…it'll keep you from getting tired and sore, and it will help ensure that you…don't damage your camera.…If this is your first SLR, if you're coming from a point-and-shoot camera, it may…take you a little while to get used to the weight and balance of working with an…SLR, but holding one is actually pretty simple.…Take your left hand, and just drop the lens right in it.…This is the main source of support for your camera. And if you look at the rest…of my fingers, you see the camera body is just sitting on top of my other…fingers, which are folded under here.…
Most important thing to know about holding a camera though is it's about the elbows.…Look at where my elbow is when I'm holding my camera.…It's mashed against my body.…That makes this whole thing very, very stable. So the camera is resting in here,…and with my right hand, I wrap around the battery grip.…
- What is an SLR?
- Attaching a lens to a camera
- Deciding how many batteries and media cards are needed
- Setting Auto mode
- Changing ISO
- Changing image format and size
- Manually selecting a focus point
- Correcting exposure while shooting
- Controlling white balance
- Using a driver and self-timer
- Auto exposure bracketing
- Selecting a picture style
- Using Live View
- Shooting video
- Using custom functions, such as ISO expansion and mirror lockup
- Cleaning the camera and sensor
Skill Level Beginner
1. Getting to Know Your Nikon Digital SLR
2. Shooting in Auto Mode
3. Shooting in Program Mode
4. Controlling Autofocus
5. Controlling White Balance
6. Understanding Release Modes
7. Understanding Exposure Control Options
8. Learning More Playback Options
9. Shooting with Scene Modes
10. Shooting with Flash
11. Shooting with Picture Controls
12. Using Live View
13. Shooting Video
14. Customizing Menus and Settings
15. Retouching Images
16. Taking Care of Your Camera
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